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Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
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#18 in the Stephanie Plum series. This comic series about an over-the-top, Trenton, NJ bail-bonds enforcer is a guilty pleasure.
Even knowing that Stef will agonize over her choice between cop, Morelli, and security consultant, Ranger; will get thwarted, with BBW, ex-'ho, Lula, by spectacularly inept bail jumpers; and, will visit her parents for comfort food, while her mother hits the bottle and her grandmother goes to funeral home visitations as entertainment, the lure of this predictable series is still there.
Stef is also an uneasy mix between worldly woman and naive girl. As an example, in spite of returning from a pretend homeymoon with Ranger (the consumation was real, though) and spending numerous interludes between the sheets with Morelli, she is troubled by sleeping in the nude. AS she puts it: "...I worry that God might be watching or that my mother might find out, and I'm pretty sure that they both think nice girls should wear pajamas to bed."
Certainly the series is not high literature, and the awards and nominations earned by the first eight books of the series seem to have dried up, but I'll still be back when #19 is published.

Stephanie Plum returns early from a Hawaiian vacation but the whys and wherefores are only revealed piecemeal. She found a photo of an unknown man in her bag and discarded it, only to find that an assortment of characters, including the FBI, want to get their hands on it. The bail bond business is still operating from a bus - for the moment - and the usual cast of bail jumpers are refusing to surrender to her and sidekick, Lula. Stef still can't decide between hunks, Morelli and Ranger and nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into her apartment against her wishes.
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